EPA halts CDA Margalla underpass construction sans environmental approval.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) on the directions of the Environmental Protection Tribunal (EPT) has served notices and environmental protection order (EPO) to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to halt construction work at Margalla underpass.

The EPA issued a notice to the CDA members for Environment, Engineering and the Project Director for justifying their conduct of starting construction work of their project unit in the Margalla Hills National Park without allegedly seeking environmental approval from the agency.

The notice was served on January 17 as per the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 whereas the construction was a purported violation of 11 and 12 of the act.

After hearing the project proponents, the matter was moved to the Environmental Protection Tribunal requesting its directions for EPO and stoppage of the alleged illegal construction work.

The tribunal in its ruling clarified that it was the prerogative of the EPA to issue EPO as per Section 16...

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